New Town Picture Gallery 44: Woodstock, Vermont

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Building on “The Green” in Woodstock, Vermont

The town of Woodstock, Vermont has been added to the town picture gallery. Enjoy!

There are now 45 towns featured in the town picture gallery.

Also, a bonus building history: The Norman Williams Public Library

This beautiful pink sandstone stone building which graces Woodstock’s famous Green was built in 1883-1884 culminating a century of the Shire Town’s devotion to learning and literature. Woodstock has always been an unusually literate community: in the early 19th century private academies, a medical college, and reading circles flourished. Five weekly newspapers were published. The new library gave tangible, enduring form to this tradition.

Picture of The Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock, Vermont

The Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock, Vermont

A gift of Dr. Edward H. Williams, the library was constructed on the site of the home of his parents, Norman and Mary Williams at the cost of $30,000. The new library was an immediate and somewhat overwhelming success, and Dr. Williams soon (1901) gave $20,000 for a double-wing transept addition. In the 1980’s over $150,000 was raised and spent on a new roof and other important building repairs. The library became incorporated, and to this day is still a non-profit corporation relying on the generosity of people like Dr. Williams.

Source: The Norman Williams Public Library

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